Deep Creek Hot Springs Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apple Valley, CA that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Good trail that follows the PCT heading southbound! $5.00 per person
It is dog friendly if your your pet likes to swim. It cost 5$ a person. The hike down to the springs is not bad at all. Coming back up is harder. Bring a bathing suit otherwise go naked like all the other hippies.... I'm half hippie went in my underwear. Towels and a snack would be great.
This was a really great hike, and decently easy. Just very steep on your way back up and not much shading. You have to start from a private property. One of the workers/volunteers is Sycamore, she's a very nice lady and gave us very good hiking directions, the maps are junk but is doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand how to walk there and back. There is a $5 fee per person, totally worth it. Brought my dog with and everyone was cool with him and loved playing with him. There's a slack line hooked up over the water (lots of fun) and a bunch do nudist! No biggie though unless you can't handle naked people. Highly recommended. Please pick your up trash and be respectful, unless you want the National Forest Service to shut it down.
This place was beautiful.
Make sure to bring a car that can handle rough roads . DO NOT BRING A LOW CAR TOU WILL DAMAGE IT.
It is 5$ per person to enter .
Maybe mention that it costs $5.00 perperson!
Nice hike--a couple of steep parts but overall a very easy hike. The hot springs were not too crowded. People seem to do a great job packing out their trash.
Definitely bring plenty of water, especially in the summer. It can get hot.
This is a great hike and location. I originally went in the winter, which made the trek back up the hill much nicer, temperature wise. You must cross a creek to get to the hot springs. The creek was cold to cross but the hot springs are incredible. They're clean and don't stink of sulfur, like most hot springs.
1. Bring plenty of water. The hike back up is no joke. Especially in the summer heat. Think you have enough water? Bring more.
2. If you cross the stream in the winter, your legs will just about fall off. It's numbing cold. Use your empty water bottles to fill up with hot water from the springs and then dump them on your frozen legs after you cross back.
3. Take it in - Take it out. The creek stays relatively clean so please take your trash out with you. :)
Great hike. Hot springs are great. The directions on this page take you to Bowen Ranch. It costs 5 bucks per person to get through. If you show up before 7:00 AM the guy at the gate will get mad.
The hot springs are so beautiful! There are different levels of heat (they get hotter as you go up) and I love how they look over the rest of the creek. Bring lots of water!!!! :-)
Great easy hike ... Nice to camp off trail and enjoy the mountain air ...
One of our favorite local hikes. Can usually expect a good amount of people.
Easy 2 mile downhill hike to the creek, hot springs are adjacent to the creek. Hot spring water was hot hot, however a little pool has been created to mix the hot water with the slow running creek water making the pool very enjoyable to sit in. The water is clean, clear, and has NO smell! We encountered a few families, a young couple, and 1 respectful nudist. Bring sunscreen! There is a natural drinking water source located behind on the the hot pools which drains out of a copper pipe (very convenient for refills!). Hiking back out of the canyon to the parking lots is all uphill and can be very steep at times. However, it's only 2 miles. Very doable. Note* $5 entrance fee per person (not per vehicle) at the entrance to the parking area. We loved this little adventure and will definitely go again!
No public bathrooms, smells so bad I felt like was sleeping in a sewer
It was good, kinda kid friendly.
Best clothing optional hike that I know of. Moderate hike to hot springs with running, hot water. Great place to chill and relax. Be warned, it's hot, LOTS OF BEES, last 3 miles to the parking lot is uneven dirt, and $5 cash parking. If you do dip in the springs, bring a towel and be prepared to stink until you take a real shower. Still worth all the inconveniences for this unique SoCal experience.
The hike is steep and sandy, but the workout is well worth the reward at the end. Plan to get there early so you have enough time to enjoy the springs, you'll want to experience all 6 pools, and won't want it to end! We started back up around 6, and made it to the car around 7, took 4 short breaks on the way up as it can be very strenuous. I recommend this hike to anyone looking to reconnect with the earth and find some relaxation.